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IMAX: Dinosaurs Alive! [Blu-ray] (2007)

Michael Douglas , Bayley Silleck , David Clark  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas
  • Directors: Bayley Silleck, David Clark
  • Writers: David Clark
  • Producers: David Clark, Don Kempf, Keero Singh Birla
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FUIJ2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "IMAX: Dinosaurs Alive! [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Full-length Making-of-Featurette shot in HD
"Meet The Creatures" Educational Section
Dinosaur Quiz

Editorial Reviews

Uncover the mysteries buried beneath our feet. Join the world’s preeminent paleontologists in this eye-popping IMAX adventure as they uncover some of history’s most astonishing dinosaur finds. Travel across the exotic dunes of the Gobi Desert and along the sandstone buttes of New Mexico as scientists make brand-new discoveries about dinosaur behavior, their environments and find what could be the oldest dinosaur ever unearthed in North America. With stunningly realistic and scientifically accurate CGI, you’ll see these amazing creatures come alive … in a big way! Narrated by Michael Douglas.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs Alive March 11, 2010
First things first, make sure you're aware of what you are actually going to be viewing! I completely expected this to be along the lines of Walking With Dinosaurs, where the movie would be largely, if not entirely, composed of CGI dinosaurs and their history. But this is not what we get - sure, there are quite a few clips of different dinosaurs, including my son's favorite, the velociraptor, but this is largely a video following paleontologists, with CGI clips thrown in. This is an interesting viewing, with many pieces of information that I did not know. We have a 3 1/2 year old who is obsessed with dinosaurs, and I felt that he would never want to view this again because of the lack of dinosaurs, but I was wrong. It is now his most highly requested video to view - of course this is over the period of a week - you know how long that lasts!

That being said, if you walk into this knowing that you will see CGI dinosaur clips, as opposed to an entire video of dinos, you will be very happy with this title. I viewed the blu-ray version, and the video is clear and crisp - I like how older videos that would not be in HD are letterboxed into a small portion of the screen, with an HD background filling the rest of the screen. All in all, 3.5 stars is rounded up to 4 - interesting, recommended, but not a MUST own for our family.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ... January 17, 2010
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With so many incredible dinosaur dvd's like When Dinosaurs Roamed America and Walking With Dinosaurs, this dinosaur dvd just doesn't cut it. It is not exciting and is missing much key information. Maybe when it was in the IMAX and 3D it was amazing to view, but nothing special for home viewing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 3D Review by a 3D Connoisseur February 10, 2011
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My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.

There are about 16 out of screen effects that extend 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer. Another 7, very brief dino tail whips reached 25%. The best few OOS effects were during the closing credits of dinosaurs' heads protruding through the words.

EXCESS PARALLAX in about 65% of the scenes, (a disturbing amount). This IMAX film should have never been released to the public in this poor state, shame on them.


MY 3D RATING = POOR (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent)

Note: As far as the percentages go, everyone's eyes are different. What I see at 25% you may see at 15% or 35%. To fully realize how far something is out of the screen for you, pause on an effect and direct a partner with an extended finger to the tip of what you are seeing. You may be surprised.

Click on `See all my reviews' for the lowdown on other 3Ds
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaur resurrection January 29, 2010
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This blu-ray effectively covers most aspects of the dinosaur story, how they live, behave, hunt and be hunted and how their remains became fossilized which are being unearthed even today by paleontologists whose works are documented in this story. The high definition gives us stunningly clear and majestic landscapes of the Gobi desert and the sandstone areas of New Mexico where most of the dinosaur bones are recovered. However, what really sets this dvd apart is the amazing and accurate representations through CGI of the dinosaurs found in the regions. They literally come to life on your screen and if your speakers are set up for DTS-HD, your neighbours will probably hear their primitive roars. There was also the discovery of a fossilized embryo (or is it foetus) and maybe the crew of Jurrasic Park could extract the DNA directly instead of looking for prehistoric mosquitoes! All in, a recommended collection for both dinosaur buffs and the curious homo-sapien. What prevented me from giving this a 5-star is that I felt more dinosaur species (brought to life through CGI)could be covered like Triceratops, Brontosaurus, etc. Also there is a lack of an epic battle, for example, between a Tyrranosaurus rex and perhaps a pack of raptors. This would make the dvd more movie-like without compromising on accuracy and scientific facts.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Originally created for exhibition in IMAX theaters, Dinosaurs Alive! is a DVD documentary that uses computer animation to bring mankind's discoveries about dinosaurs to life - from the revelation that "Oviraptor" was in fact a good parent who brooded over its eggs rather than a rapacious egg thief, to the story of a real-life "Indiana Jones" archaeology pioneer who braved desert bandits to bring home amazing fossil finds, to the shocking recent discovery that (flightless) velociraptors had feathers! The astonishing and scientifically accurate CGI is sure to thrill dinosaur lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Special features include a widescreen version, a "Making of" documentary shot in HD, and a bonus quiz. Also available in a Blu-ray version, "Dinosaurs Alive" is a treat for dinosaur lovers everywhere and enthusiastically recommended for public library DVD collections. 40 minutes plus special features.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HUGELY DISAPPOINTING... December 21, 2010
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This Imax documentary is about the works the paleontologists did digging up fossils, with some short animations slotted between scenes. It should have been titled 'Dead Dinosaurs' instead of 'Dinosaurs Alive' because the digging up segments are way longer than the short animations. In short:
(a) The animations were crude and cartoon-like. They don't look real at all.
(b) The Imax perpective is really missing in this one. The wide scenes looked more like the traditional move wides instead of Imax's 'wow' wides.
(c) 3D is ok for some scenes, but horrible for most others.
(d) The segment on digging up fossils is way too long compared to the animations. Title is very misleading.
(e) Michael Douglas sounded uninterested, and was very monotonous.

In conclusion, if my 5-yr old daughter who loves dinosaurs can fall asleep watching this, it's BORING!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Do you like Michael Douglas?
I liked the information but Mr. Douglas' voice grated on me.
Published 13 days ago by Carol Ockey Katt
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Published 18 days ago by Carlos Tschen V.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your money, watch "Walking with Dinosaurs" instead
I made the mistake of renting the HD version, which was just a waste of money. This is not an exciting IMAX movie and I thought it would be. Read more
Published 21 days ago by D. Mitchell
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5.0 out of 5 stars back in time
what a great video. grandkids really loved this dvd
Published 2 months ago by william herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D can be very educational for children. It keeps there attention...
My Grandson loves this in 3D
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5.0 out of 5 stars into this
If you like the study of animals that existed millions of years ago, you will enjoy this movie or documentary. I'm into this sort of thing, so I enjoyed it immensely. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tippy
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaur video
Good tutorial on dinosaurs, but the 3d content is not too good. I don't think we need to worry about what dinosaur looked like or did.
Published 5 months ago by John K.
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